Sunday, February 23, 2014

Low Winter Sun

Speed Graphic Grafex Optar 135 f4.7 FujiFilm FP-100c - The sky was an amazing blue this afternoon and I took the chance to break out the Speed Graphic and shoot some Fujifilm FP-100c.
Scanned with a HP Scanjet G4050 using HP's OEM software.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sins of Storms Past exposure no. 1

Koni-Omega Rapid 200 Super Omegon 90mm f3.5 Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 Adonal 1:50 - A shallow rooted tree and high wind led to the destruction of this house. The light leak on my Koni-Omega has been corrected and after a little cleaning, she is a finer shooter. Trying to get back into the swing after a brief hiatus for the Holidays and a case of shooters block.
Scanned using and Epson V500 Photo using Epson's OEM software.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Kiev 60 Arsat 150mm f2.8 40mm extension tube Ilford SFX 200 Adonol 1:50 - A studio shot using two Novatron 2 stop heads both set to -2 shooting through white umbrellas for even light. The 40mm extension tube on an Arsat 150mm f2.8 helped maintain the narrow depth of field, even at f11. This was my first roll of Ilford SFX 200 and I was curious on how its extended red sensitivity would render flesh, I am pleased with the result.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

My new girl Koni

Koni-Omega Rapid Omega 200 Super Omegon 90mm f3.8 Kodak Tri-X Arista 76 1:1 - A shot from the first roll through my recently acquired Koni-Omega Rapid Omega 200. A Koni-Omega has been on my camera "must have" list for some time and I finally got an opportunity to buy one for a great price (Thanks Jeremy!). The Koni-Omega line of medium format rangefinder cameras are have a 6x7 frame size rendering 10 exposures on a roll of 120 film. They have a unique single stroke "pull and push" film advance mechanism built into the interchangeable film backs, that is both quick and positive. Film advance and shuttle cocking are coupled to prevent double exposure and inserting the dark slide locks the shutter release. One oddity is the film advance does not require the shutter being fired to advance again, so it is easy to skip frames if you are not paying attention. The Super Omegon 90mm f3.5 lens has impressive sharpness as illustrated in the image above. I also have a wide angle  Wide Omegon 58mm f5.6, I have yet to test.

Technical Specifications
  • Negative size 2 1/4 x 2 3/4" (10 pictures on standard rollfilm 120)
  • Rangefinder Camera with automatic parallax correction
  • Interchangeable lenses 58mm f5.6 with optical finder,  90 mm f3.5, 135 mm f3.5, 180 mm f4.5, all with integrated leaf shutter B, 1-1/500 s, synchronisation M/X, built-in retractable lenshood
  • Film magazines 120 and 220 with preloading roll film holders 
  • Rapid advance lever for film advance and shutter
 Images scanned with an Epson V500 using Epson's OEM Software

Monday, November 4, 2013

Instant Autumn

Speed Graphic Grafex Optar 135 f4.7 FujiFilm FP-100c - Autumn is my favorite season, the crisp cool air, the color and the world just seems to smell cleaner... Shooting up through the changing leaves of a mammoth Black Walnut Tree, a single cloud floating by in the clear blue sky. Perfect.
Scanned with a HP Scanjet G4050 using HP's OEM software.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Light, Shadow and Instant Film 2

Speed Graphic Grafex Optar 135 f4.7 FujiFilm FP-100c - I just liked the tones and contrast beneath my feet. The FP-100c did a great job rendering them. This film never ceases to amaze me, it captured the scene perfectly.
Scanned with a HP Scanjet G4050 using HP's OEM software.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Light, Shadow and Instant Film.

Speed Graphic Grafex Optar 135 f4.7 FujiFilm FP-100c - The mid-day sun pouring into my living room on a cool Autumn day. The Speed Graphic makes a great instant camera using the Polaroid 405 instant back. Framing can be challenging using the 4x5 format optical viewfinder of the Speed Graphic due to the 3x4 format of the pack film used in the 405 back. Someday I need to spend some time making a mask for the viewfinder more accurate.
Scanned using a HP Scanjet G4050 using HP's OEM scanning software.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Savory Caffenol and Color Film

Kiev 60 Arsat 80mm f2.8 Fujifilm Pro 400H  NPH Caffenol-C-M plus 20g Table Salt - I could not resist the afternoon light coming through my office window and illuminating these chains... This high key subject was a good chance to develop some C-41 Process color film in Caffenol. I decided to go with the savory flavor of Caffenol, with a little salt in the mix, the recipe is as follows;
1 liter Water
54 grams Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
16 grams Vitamin C granules
40 Grams of Instant caffeinated instant coffee
20 gram iodized table salt
Add ingredients in order given, stirring in between until fully dissolved. Use immediately and discard.

Development time 20 minutes with agitation for the 1st minute and then 3 inversions each minute after.

The Caffenol/Color film did a nice job of stopping the highlights from getting blown out, due to caffenol's base fogging and staining. The negatives were a little denser than a would have liked, a 15 minute development time may have been more appropriate. We will see next time.

Scanned with an Epson V500 Photo using Epson's OEM software.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Desert Ghosts

 Adox Golf Cassar 75mm f4.5 Ilford FP4 Plus Caffenol-C-M OK so they are not ghost, I continue to fight the battle of the bellows pins first mentioned in my post Of Pin Holes, Electrical Tape and The Big Ass Peach. I enjoy using the Adox Golf so much I refuse to retire it to a shelf as a display only camera. I want this one as a shooter. The effect in this case, if not desired, was certainly interesting, resembling spirits past roaming a desolate landscape. Time for more work with the flashlight and electrical tape.

Monday, October 7, 2013

More Desert Caffenol

Adox Golf Cassar 75mm f4.5 Ilford FP4 Plus Caffenol-C-M - Another shot from my trip to the Sonoran Desert, being a life long East Coaster, the desert landscape seems more like Mars than the United States. Unfortunately, the short nature of my business trip did not allow the time to truly explore this alien land, but getting one roll in was enough for now...

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Object of Desire - FujiFilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic

image copyright Fujifilm
It is official, Fujifilm wants all my money, every dime. Above is the new Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, an absolutely drop dead gorgeous analog instant camera. Behind those classic good looks, Fujifilm has built in creative features rarely found in an instant camera. Bulb time exposure, double exposure, macro and brightness control are all included on this little beauty. The Mini 90 should be available in the United States in early 2014, but in the mean time, check out the special product site here Mini 90.  The Fujifilm USA press release can be found here.

After Desert Coffee

Adox Golf 75mm f4.5 Cassar Lens Ilford FP4 Plus Cafenol-C-M - A shot from the Sonoran Desert just outside of Phoenix in Carefree AZ.. The combination of Ilford FP4 Plus and Caffenol-C-M, did an outstanding job controlling the contrast if the desert mid-day sun. Despite battling bellow pin hole issues, I love shooting with my Adox Golf, it remains my favorite pocket medium format camera.
Scanned using an Epson V500 Photo using Epsons OEM Software.